Are Bigger Hospitals Safer When It Comes To Sterile Reprocessing?

Are Bigger Hospitals Safer When It Comes To Sterile Reprocessing?

PREVENTING INFECTION

Bigger hospitals typically offer more complex services, putting added strain on reprocessing departments — and the quality of reprocessing depends on the resources made available to the teams that do that work.

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